Dressed to Swashbuckle

A Wornette explains her favourite video game character outfits



As a gamer and self-proclaimed fashion-writer-person, I think it’s important, while gaming, to note not only a character’s skills or weapons, but also their aesthetic appearance. Every part of a video game character’s outfit has been carefully designed with fashion as well as function in mind. As much as I love a look that is comfortable to fight in, there’s nothing wrong with some extra flair. In video games, where changing clothes isn’t a possibility (with a few exceptions) the outfit that has been created for a character becomes a huge part of their identity. Let’s be real here: it just wouldn’t be Chun Li if we saw her dressed in anything but her classic dress.

Character: Chun Li
Game: Street Fighter 2

Chun Li is arguably one of the most well-known video game characters right now, and for good reason. She combines all the best things into one supreme outfit: sexiness (hello, legs!), modesty (puffed sleeves and hair tied back), and total don’t-care attitude. I think maybe that’s what makes this outfit so great: it can be a bit crazy, but she’s rocking it, so we’re down.
Attractiveness: 5/5
Effectiveness: 4/5
Badassery: 5/5

Character: Ezio Auditore da Firenze
Game: Assassin’s Creed II

Ezio is the original gangster. The first time I ever played Assassin’s Creed I totally failed at it, but it was awesome anyway because I got to see all the clothes and the world and explore and stuff. Anyway, Ezio’s outfit is probably one of the coolest I’ve ever seen. It’s not even the way it looks aesthetically, but all the secret weapons and compartments he has, like a Renaissance-era Inspector Gadget, but instead of being a detective, he’s an assassin. It’s so cool! Who else could wear a poet-sleeve shirt with an armour vest? Not to mention the four different knives he has stored in his gloves and spaulders. This is an outfit built not only for wooing the ladies, but for fighting and defending the honour of his family.
Attractiveness: 4/5
Effectiveness: 5/5
Badassery: 5/5


Character: Link
Game: Legend of Zelda

Despite his initial pixie-like appearance, Link’s outfit really packs quite a punch. If we care to take a closer look at his sartorial choice of white tights (fancy!), earth-green tunic (classy!), and matching green bandana (sassy!), we see a young man who is strong and brave, not to mention incredibly skilled at being stealthy and blending into his surroundings like the mysterious man that he is.
Attractiveness: 4/5
Effectiveness: 4/5
Badassery: 2/5


Character: Nathan Drake
Game: Uncharted

I might just be putting this in here because I have a video game crush on Nathan Drake. But here goes: Nathan’s ripped and stained white Henley shirt that’s semi-tucked into his dirty jeans, making his pirate-themed belt buckle visible, just looks so good. SO GOOD. He looks cool and casual, ready for some ass-kicking, but still semi-clean and civilized. Plus, that scarf! Awesome.
Attractiveness: 5/5
Effectiveness: 5/5
Badassery: 5/5

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Crushing on Kim Hutt

Fashion blogger Kim Hutt blends her sharp wit with the sartorial seeds planted in young readers when their wee hands first flipped the pages of The Baby-Sitters Club. What Claudia Wore features the most fashion-forward moments from the series, with the highest praise going to Claudia, and gives us good reason to dust off that bookshelf and get nostalgic.

How did you first conceive of the idea for What Claudia Wore?

I began re-collecting the books when I was living in Wappingers Falls, New York in 2006. I was just down the road from both a Goodwill and a Salvation Army, and they would get huge lots of BSC books. It was a fun little nostalgia trip during a stressful time in my life, and I couldn’t help laughing at how incredibly fascinated I was by the outfit descriptions. 23 years old and just as absorbed by BSC fashion as I was at age eight.

At the beginning, I was just planning on cataloguing each of Claudia’s outfits; there was little to no commentary. Then I started adding a snarky line or two after each description. It kind of snowballed from there.

What have you learnt about yourself from re-reading old Baby-Sitters Club books?
That I needed to get out more! I mean, I’ve always been a re-reader . . . but seriously, I remember this stuff way too well. The other day I was mentally composing a blog entry, and I made a joke about “stupid Andrew Brewer saying ‘hi-hi’.” And then I stopped and corrected myself – “No, saying hi-hi was Jamie Newton’s thing.” It was a frightening moment. This is the stuff I’m dedicating brainpower to. Okay.



Is fashion something you take seriously? Are you looking at The Baby-Sitters Club ironically?

I think that depends on what one considers taking it seriously. I rarely – if ever – keep up with current runway trends, I don’t buy fashion magazines, and I only follow a handful of style bloggers. With that said, are fashion and personal presentation important to me? Yes, very.

I do mock the babysitters quite a bit. Honestly, I’m much more affectionate toward the characters and the series than I let on. Snark aside, I think there’s somewhat of a sense of celebration in this project. I mean, I was seriously emotionally invested in Stoneybrook, long after I’d outgrown the books on an intellectual level. I hope some of that comes through in the blog, even when I’m threatening to throw away every single pair of sneakers Kristy owns.
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